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Breedon Group Picks Touchstone as Strategic Partner

Breedon Group plc (Breedon), a leading vertically integrated construction materials group, producing a wide range of aggregates, cement and specialist concrete products, has awarded Touchstone FMS (Touchstone) a significant contract to upgrade and modernise their Infor SunSystems® infrastructure and to roll it out across the Group.

Nicki Blades, Director of Business Services said:

“We are a long-standing user of Infor SunSystems® but have not been using its full capabilities. We went to market to find a partner that could work with us strategically to roll out SunSystems® across the business and to help us realise the many benefits it has to offer, particularly when combined with Infor OS (Operating Service). We reviewed several providers and Touchstone ticked all the boxes”.

SunSystems® is to be used across the Breedon Group and over the course of the next two years, teams in both GB and Ireland will transition away from legacy solutions and onto the latest Infor SunSystems® platform.

“We are a fast-growing business with demands coming to us from all directions. We have grown rapidly through acquisition and organic growth. One of our key requirements is to be able to onboard a new business quickly and efficiently onto our Group systems. Our system landscape is made up of many applications including, invoicing, procurement, weighbridge, payroll, HR and others and with Infor SunSystems® at the heart of it we can do exactly that. The Touchstone team have been instrumental in helping us ensure our financial management system aligns with our target operating model”,

said Nicki Blades.

Syed Bokhari, Breedon’s Account Manager at Touchstone comments,

“our proposition to Breedon was about building a long-term strategic partnership. We demonstrated this by conducting a strategic system review and mapping out a plan that delivered, short-, medium- and long-term benefits to their business. This also gave both teams the opportunity to get to know each other and build a trusted working relationship, we are excited to be working with a forward looking and forward-thinking business like Breedon”.

The final comment belongs to David Cross, Head of IS at Breedon,

“As the person responsible for delivering this strategic transformation across the Group, it is important that I am working with vendors who not only have deep knowledge about their applications but can use that to come up with practical solutions that deliver positive outcomes for the business and user community, Infor and Touchstone do that.”

About Breedon Group Plc (Breedon)

Breedon Group plc, a leading vertically integrated construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland, delivers essential products to the construction sector. Breedon holds 1bn tonnes of mineral reserves and resources with long reserve life, supplying value-added products and services, including specialty materials, surfacing and highway maintenance operations, to a broad range of customers through its extensive local network of quarries, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt plants.

The Group’s two well-invested cement plants are actively engaged in several carbon reduction practices, which include utilising alternative raw materials and lower carbon fuels. Breedon’s c.3,500 colleagues embody our commitment to ‘Make a Material Difference’ as the Group continues to execute its strategy to create sustainable value for all stakeholders, delivering growth through organic improvement and acquisition in the heavy side construction materials market. (www.breedongroup.com)

About Touchstone FMS Ltd (Touchstone)

Touchstone FMS – is part of the Touchstone Group Ltd and is a provider of financial ERP solutions based on Infor software and technology. In its 40th year of trading Touchstone remains the leading Gold Channel Partner for Infor SunSystems® in the UK, located in London and with 75 staff providing services and support to 300+ customers in the UK and around the world. Touchstone has a long established and firm commitment to creating a better tomorrow through its ESG and CSR programs and welcomes working with organisations that share a similar ethos.

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